Day 15 of the 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!
The goal for these 24 days is to give you ideas for hand-crafted Christmas decorations for your tree and home. Come back each day to try the next craft. 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!
When I discovered that you could make window clings on the Cricut, I knew I needed to come up with something fun for my Christmas crafting series! I love the frosted window clings but I noticed that most people were doing snowflakes and no one was drawing on the cling material. After some experimenting, while the pens for the Cricut will draw on the cling material, it is not an opaque ink. You can barely see the lines when it is on the window.
Looking for something different, I decided to give my project a stained glass look by coloring and outlining the cling material after drawing and cutting.
You can still make these by hand, too. You don’t need a craft machine like the Cricut. This is easy enough to trace and cut yourself. Let’s get started!
Materials and Supplies
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I bought the frosted window cling material and cut a 12″ piece off the roll.
Leave the backing on the window cling for cutting on a craft machine. The cut will be a “kiss cut” that only cuts through the cling material. The Cricut has a material setting specific for window cling material.
Making the Angel Window Clings
The pattern has only one angel but the size of the angel will allow you to fit two onto a 12″ x 12″ piece of window cling.
Craft Machines: If you are making these on a craft machine, bring the .SVG file into your software and add it to the work space. Duplicate the design. Flip and rotate the design so that it fits into the opposite corner.
The .SVG has two components. One is the drawing and one is the outline cut. Select the drawing component and tell your machine to draw those lines. The outline component of the design is to be cut. After cutting, weed off the material around the angel.
Making by Hand: Manually tracing this onto your cling material allows you to position the design however it fits best for you. When tracing these by hand, use a permanent marker. Remove the cling from the backing material before cutting so you can put the cling back onto the full backing material for storage.
Coloring the Window Clings
After the outline has been drawn and the window cling is cut, you can use your permanent markers to color in the design.
I colored mine with colored Sharpies®.
Once my colors were complete, I used a black Sharpie® to go over all the outlines.
I used metallic Sharpies® for the trumpet and the band in the angel’s hair. These will be mostly shadow when light comes through the window, but at night when it is dark outside, these parts will shine from the lights inside the house.
Make one for each of the kids and let them color their angel to suit their personalities.
For the adults, have a wine and cheese party and hand out the angel window clings and Sharpies® for a fun activity in your party.
Ready to Use!
Apply your window clings to a window (and save the backing paper for storage of your clings until next year).
Come back each day for a new project in the 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!